Kevin Pollak has been doing stand up since he was a kid. Early in his comedy career, he had to make his own opportunities just to perform. And through even the difficult times, he never stopped pursuing his dream. What makes a person keep going in their desire to becoming a stand up comedian? Why, when there is so much adversity, does someone keep getting up on stage night after night to make other people laugh? And most importantly, does comedy have to come from a place of being miserable? These are the questions that Kevin Pollak is looking for answers to in his new documentary, “Misery Loves Comedy”.
The comedian, actor, producer, author and now director talks to the funniest people in the comedy business to find out what motivates and inspires them. Kevin Pollak knows everyone and anyone who has been on top of the comedy game and he interviews over 60 of the biggest names in search of what the need is inside a comedian’s mind that makes them at times, sacrifice their dignity and risk humiliation to entertain audiences. The documentary features Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Tom Hanks, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon, Lewis Black, Judd Apatow, Penn Jillette, Eddie Izzard, Larry David, Christopher Guest, Joel McHale, James L. Brooks, Paul Feig, Harry Shearer, Marc Maron, Matt Walsh, Jim Norton, Bob Saget, Richard Kind, Alan Zweibel, Maria Bamford, Andy Richter, David Wain, Kevin Smith, Eugene Mirman, Kevin Nealon, Stephen Merchant, Kathleen Madigan and more.
These comedic performers from both in front of the camera and behind it, tell stories from their own careers, in honest conversations about how adoration is a motivating factor and how every comedian has a desire to be the funniest person in the room. It’s a look into the complex state of the comedic mind.
“Misery Loves Comedy” screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year and the rights were bought immediately by Tribeca Films. The studio is planning a Spring release. Watch the trailer now.